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Eungai Creek Cemetery First World War Memorial

Eungai Creek Cemetery First World War Memorial
Eungai Creek Cemetery War Memorial
Eungai Creek Cemetery War Memorial
Eungai Creek Cemetery War Memorial
Eungai Creek Cemetery War Memorial
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Description / Background

The memorial is a small garden located at the front of the Eungai Creek Cemetery. The simple garden is enclosed by a timber frame within which is planted a single rosemary plant. In the centre of the garden is a flagpole with three bronze plaques mounted individually on concrete contained within the garden.

The first plaque is dedicated to the centenary, in 2014, of the outbreak of the First World War. The dedication and commemoration are written in raised gold lettering on the plaque with the emblem of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal Australian Navy and the Merchant Navy contained in each corner. The plaque was installed as part of a 'Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant' awarded in 2014.

The second plaque is dedicated to members from the Macksville RSL sub-Branch who have died in conflict. The plaque is bordered by a simple raised frame with the RSL emblem positioned at the top and the dedication written below in raised bronze lettering

The third plaque is dedicated to Private Robert Charles Channells, from Eungai, who lost his life during the Great War. Channells enlisted in the 2nd Battalion on 15 September 1915 aged 22. His unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A7 Medic on 30 December 1915. As a Private in the 45th Battalion he was killed in action on 7 August 1916 at Pozieres, Somme Sector in France. There is no known grave and he is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France. A detailed account of his military service has been recorded in the publication Nambucca Anzacs by Trevor G Lynch (Longueville Media, 2013). 


Plaque 1

Dedicated in this, the centenary year of
the outbreak of World War I

This memorial is dedicated to those sons and daughters of Eungai and District
who served this Country in war and peace, and who, through that service paid the
supreme sacrifice or later, died of injuries or illness, as a result of that service.

Be it known, this is a memorial to sacrifice and suffering, to bravery and honour
and to God Almighty, that those to whom this memorial is dedicated may be
taken into the Kingdom of the Lord whence they may rest in peace and honour.

"They gave their today for our tomorrow"
No greater love hath any man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend

"See that ye hold fast the heritage we leave you.
Yea, and teach your children that never in the coming centuries,
may their hearts fail or their hands grow weak!"

"We will remember them"
"Lest We Forget"

Plaque 2

"Their bodies are buried in peace and
the name liveth forevermore"

"We will remember them"
"Lest We forget" 

Macksville Sub/Branch
Returned & Services League of Australia

Plaque 3

In loving memory
Pte Robert Charles Channells
45th Inf. Batt. AIF.|
KIA Pozieres 7/8/1916
Aged 23 years
"Left from Eungai"
"Lost in France"
Gone but not forgotten
"Lest We Forget"

Veterans listed on this memorial

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Private R C Channells First World War, 1914–18 3740 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) Somme 1918 view

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Eungai Creek Cemetery
Main Street
Eungai Creek NSW 2441
Local Government Area
Nambucca Shire
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
First World War, 1914–18